Italian press scathing in assessment of 'clumsy' Celtic defender Van Dijk

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Virgil van Dijk's performance for Celtic did not yield a positive write-up in Italy.

Celtic live to fight another day against Inter Milan, after coming back to secure a 3-3 draw against the Serie A side.

A daunting yet compelling second leg at the San Siro awaits, and it's clear Ronny Deila's side cannot afford to concede three goals again and expect to win.

One player who Inter may decide to target is Dutch international defender Virgil van Dijk, who was unable to assert himself as he would have liked.

His performance was panned by Italian website Tuttomercatoweb, who rated him as a 5/10. Their description of his display was worse.

"He tried to assert his physical (presence), but he was so often clumsy. When attacked at speed, he almost always does not know which way to turn."

Van Dijk was booked during the contest, and while he made five interceptions, he failed to make a single tackle. He was also only able to win two aerial duels during the game. 

Opta powered website whoscored.com was a little kinder, rating Van Dijk as a 6.4 out of 10.

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